Christian Gentner

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Christian Gentner
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Gentner with VfB Stuttgart in 2013
Personal information
Full nameChristian Gentner
Date of birth (1985-08-14) 14 August 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Nürtingen, West Germany
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Union Berlin
Number 34
Youth career
1988–1998 TSV Beuren
1998–1999 VfL Kirchheim
1999–2004 VfB Stuttgart
Senior career*
2004–2007 VfB Stuttgart II 30 (6)
2004–2007 VfB Stuttgart 39 (1)
2007–2010 VfL Wolfsburg 99 (11)
2010–2019 VfB Stuttgart 273 (37)
2019– Union Berlin 31 (3)
National team
2004–2006 Germany U20 14 (3)
2009–2010 Germany 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 22:52, 27 June 2020 (UTC)

Christian Gentner (born 14 August 1985) is a German footballer who plays as a midfielder for Union Berlin. He won the Bundesliga twice, with VfB Stuttgart in 2007 and VfL Wolfsburg in 2009. He was also called up five times to the senior Germany squad.


Club career

Before joining VfB Stuttgart, the central midfielder played at TSV Beuren and VfL Kirchheim.

In the 2004–05 season, he played 28 times and scored six times for the Regionalliga (third division) team of VfB Stuttgart. In the same season, he had his Bundesliga debut against Hertha BSC on 20 February 2005 (1–0). He scored his first goal in a UEFA Cup game against NK Domzale on 25 September 2005.

In 2006, Gentner's contract in Stuttgart was extended until 2010.

On 18 July 2007, he was loaned to VfL Wolfsburg until summer 2009 and on 11 August 2008 Gentner signed a permanent deal with Wolfsburg. [1]

On 8 January 2010, Gentner announced that he would be joining VfB Stuttgart [2] [3] at the end of the season. After seeing out his contract with the Wolves which ended on 1 July 2010, Gentner returned to Stuttgart on a free transfer.

On 6 January 2013, Gentner extended his contract with VfB Stuttgart until June 2016 with an option for a further year. [4] Following Serdar Tasci's departure to FC Spartak Moscow, it was announced that Gentner is to be his successor as the new club captain. [5] In May 2016 Gentner extended his contract with VfB Stuttgart until June 2019. [6]

On 5 July 2019, Gentner signed a contract with club Union Berlin. [7]

International career

On 19 May 2009, Gentner was called up to the senior Germany squad for their tour of Asia, [8] Gentner made his debut against China on 29 May 2009. [9]

Career statistics

As of match played on 27 June 2020. [10]
ClubSeasonLeagueCup [lower-alpha 1] ContinentalOtherTotal
VfB Stuttgart II 2004–05 Regionalliga Süd 286286
2006–07 Regionalliga Süd2020
VfB Stuttgart 2004–05 Bundesliga 10001 [lower-alpha 2] 020
2005–06 Bundesliga231206 [lower-alpha 2] 12 [lower-alpha 3] 0332
2006–07 Bundesliga15010160
VfL Wolfsburg 2007–08 Bundesliga31351364
2008–09 Bundesliga344318 [lower-alpha 2] 1456
2009–10 Bundesliga3442012 [lower-alpha 4] 3487
VfB Stuttgart 2010–11 Bundesliga315209 [lower-alpha 5] 3428
2011–12 Bundesliga28540325
2012–13 Bundesliga3456212 [lower-alpha 5] 2529
2013–14 Bundesliga284203 [lower-alpha 5] 1335
2014–15 Bundesliga33510345
2015–16 Bundesliga29530325
2016–17 2. Bundesliga 34621367
2017–18 Bundesliga27221293
2018–19 Bundesliga290102 [lower-alpha 6] 1321
Union Berlin 2019–20 Bundesliga31331344
Career total4725839751114156677
  1. Appearances in the DFB-Pokal.
  2. 1 2 3 Appearances in the UEFA Cup.
  3. Appearances in the German League Cup.
  4. Appearances in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
  5. 1 2 3 Appearances in the UEFA Europa League.
  6. Appearances in the Bundesliga relegation play-offs

Personal life

His brother Thomas Gentner plays for TuS Koblenz.

On 15 December 2018, Gentner's father died at Stuttgart's stadium, just after Stuttgart had beaten Hertha BSC 2–1. [11]






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  1. "Gentner to remain in Wolfsburg". 11 August 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2008.[ permanent dead link ]
  2. "Gentner's return". 8 January 2010. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2010.
  3. "Gentner returning to VfB Stuttgart". 9 January 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  4. "Christian Gentner signs on until 2016". VfB Stuttgart. 6 January 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  5. "Christian Gentner ist jetzt der BIG BOSS" [Christian Gentner is now the BIG BOSS] (in German). 9 September 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  6. "Important signals". VfB Stuttgart. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  7. "CHRISTIAN GENTNER BECOMES LATEST UNION ADDITION" (in German). Union Berlin. 6 July 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  8. "Löw nominiert Neuer, Träsch, Gentner und Cacau". (in German). 19 May 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  9. "China – Deutschland" (in German). Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009.
  10. "Christian Gentner » Club matches".
  11. "Stuttgart: Christian Gentner's father dies in stadium after Bundesliga game". BBC Sport. 16 December 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Serdar Tasci
VfB Stuttgart captain
Succeeded by
Marc-Oliver Kempf